Steve Smith was the featured Panther player on the NFL Network Total Access series 32 teams in 32 days. They spoke about a variety of topics ranging from the offense to if Cam was ready to be a captain of the team.
On the offense, Smith stated “the offense is going to look the same…they are going to make plays down the field with the running and passing game.” He felt that with some of the predictions being made that “things were getting hot and heavy.” They are excited about the potential this team has going into the 2013 season. He said about the team in minicamp, ” it’s not hard to feel good about yourself. Seeing all the plays you are making.”
Smith went on to talk about some of the teams struggles from last year. He said, ” we got to close out games, minimize mistakes, keep the lead…we got to keep up with the Joneses.” From watching the games of last year, there were definitely a lot of games that were lost in the closing minutes. Games that if they went the other way, could have propelled the Panthers to a possible playoff berth. A crucial turnover or inability to run out the clock on offense contributed to these losses.
In the last part of the segment, when asked about Cam wanting to be a captain, Steve said, ” as a former captain, I can’t say if he is a captain or not…it is voted on by the team.” Cam was asked if he would like to be a captain and would have been raked over the coals if he said he did not want to be. I am sure someone in the media will construe this as a lack of leadership yet again shown by the young signal caller.
In the next segment on 32 teams in 32 days, former player Heath Evans gave his analysis of the Panthers schedule. During this analysis, he predicted that the Panthers would win the first seven games on the schedule and would finish between 9 and 7 and 11 and 5. He is predicting a possible wild card berth for the team, if they get certain breaks during the season, like playoff teams resting players for the playoffs.
Darren Sharper was asked during the final segment about which team is going to breakout in the NFC South. He stated that he would “go with the team that been at the mountaintop.” He stated that of the 7-9 teams in the NFC South, he would go with the Saints because of the following factors: Drew Brees, the return of Sean Payton, and Rob Ryan being named defensive coordinator.
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